The Last is Better than the First
“The Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” Luke 1:25
When I look back over my life, I have a lot of regrets. I frittered away a lot of years in selfish living and will never get those days back to fix. I am thankful for God’s protection and provision in those times, and I am so glad that I now have the opportunity to help others not fall into the same pits that I did. I am praying each day that I can finish this life well and the end will be better than the beginning.
Elizabeth’s story is a little different. She was a wife that could not have children. In that day, that was what gave women meaning and purpose in the world. So, she struggled for all her child bearing years because she could not conceive. When she finally does get pregnant, she said the Lord has taken away my reproach, which sounds like she was being punished. Maybe that is how she looked at it all those years, but I believe she was being preserved for just the right moment in time so that she could have a miracle child. This child brought her so much joy because of the struggle she went through to get there. Her end days became better than her beginning.
If you are struggling with things today, try to see them from an eternal perspective. Just because circumstances haven’t gone the way you had hoped or are seemingly impossible to get better, remember that God is ready to release your miracle at just the right moment in time. Believe that He is orchestrating all things together for your good because you love Him and are called to His purpose. Know that your end of days will be better than your beginning years as you commit each concern you have in life to His hands.
Today I want to encourage you to trust your heavenly Father to care and carry you through whatever you are facing in your life. Ask Him to show you how to pray for your life’s concerns and what scripture or words to hold on to. Then watch as you go through your days for His hand reaching into your world and thank Him as you see it. Your miracle may not come all in one day, but your last days will be greater than your first if you press in and trust Him with all the days that you have left to live.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 1:21-25
21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marveled that he lingered so long in the temple.
22 But when he came out, he could not speak to them; and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple, for he beckoned to them and remained speechless.
23 So it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25 “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”